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It is in the chipset not in the CPU.



Maybe I'm missing something, is this chipset on the motherboard? The article makes it seem like its coupled with the cpu.


I don't know how its actually implemented, but normally to enable AMT you have to have both a compatible motherboard and processor. Intel calls it VPRO. Most desktop consumer boards do not have this feature, but quite a few of the i5 processors do.


> Most desktop consumer boards do not have this feature, but quite a few of the i5 processors do.

Considering how many firmware updates I've installed on gaming-oriented motherboards with Z-series chipsets that have included ME firmware payload, it's worth looking in to what it means for those boards to not have the feature. We know that all the transistors are physically present on both CPU and chipset. Are they truly permanently disabled with on-chip fuses, or are they just left uninitialized on boot when the microcode checks the model numbers? Are there required traces on the motherboard that are definitely being omitted/disconnected?


I think the AMT code is just omitted from the ME firmware.


Oh, so not very frieghtning then.


Yes.




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